Yves Behar’s graceful and gestural Leaf lamp may well be the best known LED desk lamp of our era. Debuting last year at ICFF 2006, the iconic “eco lamp” won rave reviews and garnered a lot of attention and spots on magazine covers for its lyrical form and use of new technology.

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We’re a huge fan of Mr. Behar’s design for the One Laptop Per Child, but despite the Leaf lamp’s innovative grid-based use of LEDs and heat dissipation system, we’re not totally convinced about how innovative or green the light really is. The design has received some thoughtful criticism from our friend Lloyd Alter at Treehugger. That being said, the sculptural piece of home decor is certainly eye-catching, constructed from two slim aluminum parts, equipped with a PC board and touch-wheel control that allows you to change the color and intensity of the light.

We’d like to hear what you think about the Yves Behar leaf lamp… Design classic? Or over hyped? Stay tuned for an interview with Yves Behar later this afternoon, in which he weighs in on his approach to sustainable design.

+ Yves Behar Leaf Lamp from Herman Miller

$499 from Room And Board